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Design Junction

Design Junction results to be one of the most attractive exhibition this year in London. Three floors plenty of different ways of doing design nowadays.

At first floor we start with the sponsor of the event, Maserati, showing his last supercar and opposite the old/new way of transport in London, the bikes from the London’s japanese brand Tokyobike. We already wrote about it, when they opened their own shop in East London last may and how they are selling “agile and clean” bikes in a very Japanese way to stilish Londoners.

Fritz Hansen and Thonet have organized a very nice workshop, recalling to all designers what is the way for doing industrial design:the manufacturing of the classic 214 chair in one hour using a mobile woodbending machine, dating from the 1850’s.

We come back, directly, in our Consumerism Time with the funny objects by Native Union a brand of phone accessories and with “Anything” that presents a stationery collection by Michael Sodeau.

The furniture collection of Alexena Cayless reminds us to the traditional skills and material of Midlands. The way of cutting the Brogue leather shoe and using it for the cover of the seat creates a new aesthetic to the shape of the object.

Artek has curated the design of the Danish Bar where it is possible to get fresh beer and tasty ham for a well-deserved break before going up to the next floor.

Crafts Council with a very interesting touring exhibition “Added Value” asks very good questions and made a point of how values are still applying in creative fields. Perception of value as “skills”, “material”, “bespoke”, “experience”, “brands”  are investigated associating to each of these a designer that are symbolizing these today.

“Tools for Everyday life” is an exhibition by Northumbria University, a result of a brief assigned to The Designers in Residence. The intention of the project was to investigate the language of task focused objects.

“America Made Me” brings a collection of products reflecting the range of methods, materials and cross-currents influencing the US market today.

Vitamin, an active London based brand shows his collection of lamps and vases with a reversible use such as for a plant or either a decanter.

Thelermont Hupton Studio presents his last collection of wood furniture, objects designed combining primary forms and primary colours with a nice effect of simplicity and highlighting the functionality.

“Recollections” is the showcase of a collective artists’ from Mexico City and Vienna curated by Marion Friedmann Gallery. The aim of the artist focus on creating objects with pieces of material comes from other objects and functions. With a graceful aesthetic there are an armchair made by steel springs comes from mattresses, lamps made by PET Bottles,  a curtain produced by Odabashian rugs, hand-knotted in india and a console made by carved expanded polystirene.

At last floor, it is interesting the personal showcase of the emerging UK design star Benjamin Hubert that claims recent collaborations with De La Espada and the leading italian brand Cappellini. In the showcase alongside the final product is shown a decomposition of raw materials utilized before the industrial processing.

Fuorisalone in Milan #007# “MOST”

The English crew this year has exhibited in a very unusual space: a museum. The National Museum of Science and Technology “Leonardo Da Vinci“, that I admit I never see in four years of my experience in Milan. So, come back in the city for the design week and discovered this place was great, I spent a while downstair, close to alumni of a schooltrip, watching life cycle of products and histories of materials. The venue remember us how human knowledge is huge and how during historic era the manufacturing is changed in more complex approach and automated way. There was the first industrial revolution, began in Britain in the textile and mettalurgic sector, with the in introduction of the steam engine. The second industrial revolution gained with the advent of electricity, chemicals and oil is considered to be the era of mass production with the formula of assembly line. Today the presence of humans in the traditional process has become less and less because the automated machines are doing in a more efficient way the “hard” job. We are able to produce an object in thousands of pieces at day with just few workers. In the design field, the sector with a target market very specific, this is not always a good thing. Experimentation and customization are value that are leading design and as we know the development of a new product costs thousands of pounds. Produce a mould is often too expensive for experimentation or short production. In the last decade with computer simulation and prototypes the process has got reliable tools for assuring that we can run the final step. Today, here we are, the machines that we use for prototyping are becoming suitable for industrial process. CnC milling, laser cut, 3D printer are developing in the direction of being used with materials for final products, and fast change of file submitted to be done.


At MOST we have an example with the event “The Great Stamp Giveaway”, which 400 lamps and 86 chairs have been manufactured during the fair by the TruPunch 3000, a machine that works without producing scrap skeleton. The machine works with CAD system that allow to program it with production drawings created in a quite simply way and analyzed and corrected by the system itself. The objects were made by metal sheet and gift away to the exhibition visitors in a flat pack. The visitor themselves have bended the sheets and have created their own design lamps. The role of the man, in this third industrial revolution, is all about the creation, the manufacturing is delegated to automated machines, and we are going towards much more individualised production than standard mass manufacturing. Tom Dixon, over than offer a vision of the future, has shown his latest projects in “Luminosity”. Fin series includes obround and round lamps and a light table which the functional elements are the structure and the shape  themselves of the object. Etch, a series of candle holder and pendant light, comes from metal sheet bended after an industrial process used to produce electronic parts that allows to cut patterns directly on the material. Etch light web is a lamp that  projects shadows owing by the unique structure designed of irregular pentagons, in anodised alluminium trough a process digital photo-acid etching.


Another interesting showcase at MOST was “Transnatural” where nature and technology are fused together for creating objects. The tree bench by Floris Wubben is composed by the seating in a wavy polypropylene attached with metal rods to the structure made by a wooden branch. As a consequence, the shape of the polypropylene is given by the shape of the branch. “Organic Factory” a collection of benches and stools by Ruben Thier are one off objects comes from industrial process. The liquid plastic overproduction that is dripping down from the machine is directly collected in molds that will be the seatings of benches and stools. The aim of the designer is to show  the amount of “waste” is captured in furniture. As he declares the collection is growing, because production never stand still. The furniture comes with a serial number containing date, factory and machine.


Faye Toogood, a designer and stylist based in London, has showcased the Spade Chair. The lines and the shape of the object remember me the style of Giò Ponti, one of the master of italian design. The chair has a light weight and despite the thin structure is also comfortable. The designer declares to be inspired by rural life in the English countryside and the Spade is the juxtaposition of a three-legged milking stool and the handle of a gardening implement. At the Designersblock hub this year we saw Curl design by Constanze Schweda, a collection of one off table made by a single sheet of steel and cut and drawn in shape applying the Japanese art of Kirigami, usually for paper, to the steel.

by Filippo

And speaking about the Dignersblock…

Most of us, in our daily life, are been bothered by the time for the entire day. We are completely slaves of it: one hour lunchtime, timetables to follow, always in a rush because of the time. We don’t even notice how much we are influenced by time and the funny thing is that it is something that actually does not exists, it is something we “created” to have the situation under control, to live under a universal rule that we called time.
Myself first: I constantly live under the pressure of the time without thinking that it is up to me decide to slow down a bit and think about what I am doing and where I am, or to pay attention to something else but the time.
The Sasa Clock could represent a reminder for the most of us who live thier lives chasing the time instead of stop for a moment and think about that we are running because of something immaterial.
This necklace clock is, in fact, a long necklace of wooden beads placed over a turning carousel. As the carousel rotates, a bead slips down the cord every 5 minutes, the last bead to have dropped indicates the time.
As they told me when they showed me the product in Milan, part of Designersblock at MOST, during the Salone del Mobile, the Sasa Clock represents a particular way to live the time: “sometimes we need to completely liberate ourselves from the clock”, in this case, simply remove the necklace from the engine and wer it as a necklace.
Well..despite everything, personally I can’t stop to look at my clock and run for all the day, but at least DESTES clock by Thorunn Arnadottir gave us a nice and intelligent solution of how to look at the time, and if for a while we want to slow down we can literally “take our time”.
We will never stop the running time, but it is always up to us to live it in a different way.


More abou DESTES design.

by Anna D.

Fuorisalone in Milan #003# – Tortona Design Week

As every year the point of start in the design week is Via Tortona. You will come at the underground station in Porta Genova and you will cross the green bridge seeing all the new stickers reminding this is the week in Milan. The street shows how the city routine has changed during these days where courtyards, little shops, garages, hotels have been transformed in exhibition stands with the latest layouts. Walking through the first showcases you will be intrigued from the melting pot of arts, marketing advertisers and cocktail proposals and after that passing the big traffic roundabout, thinking how italians are ingenious in parking, you will arrive at Superstudio where takes place the must be seen exhibition. Temporary Museum for New Design is a project by Gisella Borioli and the artistic direction of Giulio Cappellini that involve world-famous brands alongside  international designers in showcase that rages over from installations, art, furniture and performance. At the stand of Ngispen, The Amateur Masters series by Canadian designer Jerszy Seymour shows how a project, started from a classic design chair produced in series, transforms that in unique pieces with 100% biodegradable material the polycaprolactone wax. As the designer himself declares the concept is to get away from industrial process and come back hand-made methods. It is also a political statement in a consumerist world where everything we need is already created what we need is to reshape the existing systems. After years of experimentation, solid surfaces are became an important material in the panorama of design industry. Cristalplant® & Poliform with an installation of interactive 3D holograms by Carlo Colombo have shown projects with special mention of their design contest. All projects has been designed in Cristalplant® material and the claim of the contest was to show the characteristics of the solid surface 100% made in Italy. LG, famous worldwide in electronics sector, have developed HI-MACS® an acrylic solid surface. An interior kitchen design has been showed at Superstudio 13. The particularity was the use of material that allows to cover the surfaces of the appliance creating a new aesthetic of the ambient with continuity all over the spaces.  DuPont™, the first leading industry have developed his own solid surface Corian®, have had their own exhibition in Tortona Design Week. “Corian® Colour Evolution” in which DuPont™ presented its renewed colour palette of high-tech surface, showed the projects realized in this material by four furnishing firms. One of these was the “Leftover” collection by Rabih Hage. In industrial productions the sheets of material are cut mainly for realizing top surfaces, Rabih Hage took the leftover material and has reused this for designing the furniture collection. A nice quality of the material is that scraps, also in different colours, can be glued together by liquid Corian® and the object has manufactured in one piece without junctions or external components. The interpretation of the properties of the material is clear in the shape of the design of the chair and the table that have been sanded after the gluing, on the seat and on the top, the functional parts, but left rough on the other side. Another nice exhibition was at Opificio 31 by Tuttobene, a Dutch organisation for talented and innovative designers. One of these comes from Earnest Studio that has displayed a collection of stools where two very different materials formed a single object without using glue but just the foam which envelops in the wood. Another fresh talent is Marleen Jansen that has designed the object we would like to designed too: a table with a see-saw seating connected each others such as the game in the playground. More than the funny thing there is also the thought of the contemporary era of living fast discarding the good manners, in specific getting up during the dinner leaving alone the table companion.

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Fuorisalone in Milan #001# – intro

The design week in Milan is the most important industrial, interior and light design exhibition in the world for number of visitors and exhibitors. The fair, “Salone del Mobile” was held for the first time in 1961 with the intention of promoting the the italian furniture industry. Today, after fifty editions, the design week proposes the fair with over one thousand exhibitors and 200 000 visitors, main from abroad and FuoriSalone, literally exhibitions out of the properly fair held all around the city. From the Eighties some leading factories of North Italy decided to open exhibitions in the district of Porta Genova at that time only an industrial area dismessed, and from time to time the exhibition take all over the city of Milan. FuoriSalone is divided by area and every one of this has a characteristic that distinguishes. In the district of Porta Genova is still held one of the most rapresentative event, today called Tortona Design Week, where big industries of furniture but also automotive and electronic show products and concepts gained from the collaboration with the big name of design. Brera Design District is the area in the centre of Milan where we can find the showroom of the leading italian design industry. Milan is also called Capital of Fashion, so in the last years we have seen the fashion brand open their own atelier and showing projects between this two creative sectors. Another area in which is reinforcing every year the presence of people is Porta Romana Design D.2012 where is possible to see local designers and important schools, in particular this year, the showcase at Cascina Cuccagna was very interisting and focued about new ways of designing. Ventura Lambrate, in his second edition, confirmed the fresh ideas (one good example comes from the project Another Terra)and new kind of design brought in Milan, with several exhibitors from abroad. The exhibitions at “La Fabbrica del Vapore” are always proposals of ecosustainable and green design and a particular mention this year is about the event, MOST, in the new location, the Museum of Technology and Science, choosen by Tom Dixon and Designers Block where a big part of the english design has been brought in Milan. Goosebumps Mag team was in Milan and has visited all different districts, click on the linked words and you will find an overview with some of the most interesting things discovered this year.